Saturday, January 31, 2015

Baby Car Emergency Kit

I am currently working on my own emergency preparedness project, which follows the Food Storage Do-Over 2015 (it's not just about food!). I have had a car kit in my car for a few years, but need to update it with a baby car emergency kit for my toddler. Whether you are preparing to be stuck in a blizzard somewhere, or at the grocery store with no extra diapers, having some key baby items in your car can be a lifesaver.

Below is the list that I created from several lists that I came across online, as well as my own additions for what I feel is necessary. Evaluate the age of your child and their needs first. Then, decide what items you feel you would need to have with you in case you were stuck somewhere for longer than expected. There could be items that you would need that are not on the list below.

The car emergency list begins with items that are more specific for babies. This list can also be used for a toddler car emergency kit.

Baby Car Emergency Kit

  • Instant formula – one that doesn't require water, track expiration dates and rotate frequently 
  • 5 small formula bottles – fill with purified water to provide extra drinking water in kit or use for formula making
  • Refrigerated bottle bag – if can warm up/cool down formula/breast milk to keep at that temperature for around 4 hours 
  • Pacifiers – 2, great for comforting stressed babies
  • Baby food – jarred or packet 
  • Diapers – include about 20 disposables, 3 cloth diapers
  • Diaper rash cream
  • Wipes – full package if space allows or travel package
  • Washcloths – 2
  • Blanket
  • Small comfort toy(s) – usable substitute for favorite item or grab favorite when heading out
  • Clothes – include weather appropriate, swap out clothes and put next size up
    • Shirts
    • Pants
    • Sweaters
    • Socks
    • Sturdy shoes (in case need to walk)
    • Underwear (if potty trained)
    • Pajamas
    • Warmer winter clothes, if season appropriate
  • Ziplock bags – can be used to store used diapers or anything else dirty
  • Bulb nose syringe and saline – saline loosens mucous and syringe suck out of ears/nose/mouth/etc.
  • Infant Tylenol/Motrin 

I also threw in some other items as space allowed:

  • Games – age appropriate
  • Glow sticks
  • Natural laundry detergent that can be used for hand washing
  • Shelf stable snack items
  • Water

I stored most of the items in gallon sized Ziplock bags and added written labels of content (this way the bag can be reused and contents list can be updated). The Ziplock bags can be used to store dirty diapers or anything else dirty.

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